First State Prison

First State Prison

This was the original site of Michigan's first state prison, approved by the legislature in 1838. A temporary wooden prison, enclosed by a fence of tamarack poles, was built on sixty acres donated for that purpose here. In 1839 the first 35 prisoners were received. A permanent prison was built three years later. Beginning in the 1880's under Warden H. F. Hatch a greater emphasis was placed on education and rehabilitation of prisoners. After 1934 the inmates were housed in the new prison north of Jackson.
photo of First State Prison

Registered Site S0178
Erected 1958

Location: Armory North end of Mechanic Street
Jackson, Jackson County

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Latitude: 42.2568287, Longitude: -84.4069826

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